News conference held at HQ following controversial incidents at Waffle House locations

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More push back against Atlanta-based Waffle House after two controversial incidents at locations in Alabama and a news conference was held at the company's headquarters in Gwinnett County Monday morning.

It all comes after recent incidents at Waffle House locations in Pinson and Saraland, Alabama.

On April 22, a video showing Chikesia Clemons being wrestled to the ground by officers at a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama went viral. In a post on Facebook, friends of Clemons said she was arrested after an argument with a Waffle House waitress over refusal to provide free plastic tableware.

Police say employees called them because Clemons appeared to be drunk and witnesses say they were afraid of her behavior. She was charged with disorderly conduct and is now out on bail.

Another incident happened at a Pinson, Alabama location on the same day. Jacinda Mitchell says she was denied entry and posted video on Facebook, showing the doors locked and only white customers eating inside.

Alabama television station WBRC spoke with the employee in the video who locked the doors. Her name is Shelby and she was nearly in tears sharing her side of the story.

Shelby says they were short staffed so she locked the doors to clear a few tables. Shelby said she knew that locking the doors was wrong, but she felt overwhelmed and the decision was not about race.

In response to the recent incidents, a sit-in was held Sunday in Brookhaven, where several people sat inside the restaurant, ordering only soft drinks as an apparent way of attempting to hurt the company's bottom line.

On Monday, a press conference was held at the Waffle House headquarters on Financial Drive in Norcross.

A protest will be held on May 4, coinciding with the National Day of Action at the headquarters in Norcross at 3 p.m.

WATCH the press conference held on Monday below (App users, tap here for the video)

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